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Murometz
October 4, 2012
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.600000
51 Minor Mysteries    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

 side-quest-ish and open-ended to be sure.

EmilioV
July 24, 2012
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.285714
10 Chance Meetings    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A selection of chance encounters that can take place in any large town or city.

Scrasamax
July 15, 2012
Hits: 838
Comments: 7
Ideas: 2
Votes: 5 / 3.600000
11/30 Things to make Players Sweat    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Inspired by Cheka's 30 things to run away from.

Thanatox
July 9, 2012
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 1
Votes: 6 / 3.500000
Getting a party together: Beyond the bar fight    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Campaign)

“So…. Um….. your all sitting around in the inn and…..”

Agar
July 13, 2011
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.000000
The Perils of Envy    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Mini-Campaign)

An old and respected fortune teller is dying of disease and seeks out the help of andventurers to secure the heir to the fortune teller's power.

Dossta
April 21, 2011
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 1
Votes: 7 / 4.642857
30 Dragon-Related Plots and Encounters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Dragons are truly awesome creatures.  Too awesome in a lot of ways, really.  Because of their power, their magnificence and their near-immortal lifespans, a GM might hesitate to include one in a campaign as anything other than an end boss.  Here are 30 non-traditional ways to bring these wonderful beasts into your own campaign.

Dossta
September 29, 2010
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Comments: 26
Ideas: 1
Votes: 14 / 4.392857
30 Campaign Starters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Due to the nature of tabletop RPGs, a campaign will often start with a random group of strangers.  Here are some ways to get them adventuring together, without resorting to the old Tavern trope.

HaroldWiggle
December 29, 2009
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.500000
The Spirit of Urban flora    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

"A demonic plant? Don't be daft, go research something useful to society."

"But-but the p-plant! It's evil! It must be destroyed!"

"Now the flowers bloom all year round thanks to the most holy Spirit of Urban flora. It just takes a little blood."

VIM40
December 21, 2009
Hits: 2237
Comments: 11
Ideas: 10
Votes: 8 / 3.875000
Twenty Zombie Encounters/Seeds    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

It was just any other day, another testament to the mundane dreary lives of the living. No one was prepared for their coming, how could they be? They entered the bodies of the living, transforming them into blood thirsty monsters, all in an instant.

Moonlake
March 10, 2009
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Comments: 17
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.500000
Brothels and Intrigues    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

What happens when the PCs run into a girl that they failed to rescue once a second time?

Drackler
January 28, 2009
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 3.666667
Close Encounters of the Planar Kind    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A large object appears in the sky, moves in a strange fashion and vanishes after abducting a lone PC. The PC is later returned unharmed, but has several traits changed on his character sheet, no memory of the event and continually has strange dreams about goblins in space wearing lab coats and holding glowing wands.
                -30 Disasters by Scrasamax

Drackler
August 2, 2008
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 4
Votes: 3 / 3.666667
30 Wilderness Plots    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

I’m inviting anyone who has a short plot , set in some sort of wilderness, to post it here.

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 7, 2007
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.700000
The Black Man    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A foreigner is being chased through the streets of the town by a mob with murder in their hearts.

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 7, 2007
Hits: 2542
Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.083333
The Secret Invitation    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

The adventurers are approached in some public yet semi-private place by a lean dwarf, wearing a colorful cape with black feathers rim wrapped tightly around him. What will come of this?

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 6, 2007
Hits: 3058
Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.857143
The Strange Ship    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A foreign ship drifts into the harbor.

Stomphoof
October 6, 2007
Hits: 2825
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.083333
The Abandoned Temple    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

"Hey there, you look like a sturdy fellow!  Interested in a treasure map?  Only a few gold coins and this map to an ancient ruins secret room can be yours!"

A Basic Dungeon Crawl that starts with a map.

Chaosmark
August 11, 2007
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.583333
Trapped in a Schemer's Web    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A random description pulls the players into the dangerous, scheming web of politics…

dark_dragon
March 31, 2007
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.555556
Bellissa's plea    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Mini-Campaign)

So, off again we go to slay the evil dragon… but what happens when said evil dragon is asking for a big favour with its dying breath… well, you decide…

the Wanderer
February 18, 2007
Hits: 7073
Comments: 15
Ideas: 12
Votes: 7 / 3.571429
The Scene is Set...    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

“While traveling you stumble upon…um…you stumble upon…”

Wulfhere
November 7, 2006
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.071429
The Lady Tantalia    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A ship, drifting through the mists, with not a soul visible on her deck.  Haunted? Yes, but not the way that you might expect…

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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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